Exploratory Study Examining the Feasibility of a Technology-based Tool to Support Creativity in Children with Autism

Aurora Constantin, Cristina Alexandru, Georgia Fox, Lauren Meikle

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Abstract

Previous research suggests that Participatory Design (PD) is a very promising approach for involving children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) in generating design solutions, but also in practising essential skills (e.g. collaboration skills). However, because of their difficulties with social communication accompanied by rigidity in thought and behaviour, these children face significant challenges during PD. Specifically, in the idea generation stage of PD, they have difficulties expressing their creativity. Based on user participation, we built a first version of a low fidelity prototype (iGeneration) for a technology-based tool to elicit creativity in children with ASC during idea generation. This article reports on a research study which explored the feasibility of iGeneration to support children with ASC in creating design ideas for an educational game. The results revealed that the participants engaged and enjoyed working with iGeneration. The children created a number of ideas which were diverse, novel and appropriate for the design tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Confernces on Interfaces and Human Computer Interation 2020 and Game and Entertainment TEchnologies 2020
PublisherInternal Association for Development of the Information Society
Pages181 - 186
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-989-8704-20-7
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2020
Event14th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction - Online conference, Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 23 Jul 202025 Jul 2020
https://www.ihci-conf.org/

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleIHCI 2020
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityZagreb
Period23/07/2025/07/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • Participatory Design
  • Children
  • Autism
  • Feasibility Study
  • Idea Generation

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